Why Effective Global Climate Governance Might Just Remain a Utopian Dream

175 countries signed the historic Paris climate deal in New York on 22nd April to coincide with International Earth Day, a deal that is being seen by many as our last chance to stabilise carbon dioxide concentration at 450-550 ppm and limit change in temperature to 1.5-2 degrees. Speaking at the event, actor Leonardo Di Caprio’s words reiterated the desired urgency, "after 21 years of debates and conferences, it's time to declare no more talks, no more 10-year studies, no more a

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A Lok Sabha of Homophobic MPs

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece where I discussed 5 disquieting trends we witnessed in the last winter session of parliament. The fifth issue was not allowing Shashi Tharoor to introduce his Private Member's Bill (PMB). Congress MP Tharoor was going to introduce a PMB to amend Section 377 of the IPC and decriminalise "consensual sex between consenting adults". However, just when he was about to introduce the Bill, BJP MP Nishikant Dube decided to prevent him, and after ca

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Smriti Irani Vs. Pallam Raju: A Tale Of Two HRD Ministers

I have had the pleasure of meeting Mallipudi Mangapati Pallam Raju (HRD Minister 2012-2014) on several occasions in the last year. The first time I met him, he politely asked me if I could help him with some research for a 30-minute TV panel discussion on what to expect in Budget 2015, which was scheduled four days later. For starters, I was surprised by the fact he was looking to prepare for a straightforward panel discussion four days in advance. With hard-fought discussions dominating our tel

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